Thomas Built Buses announced in October that it is recalling 53,528 buses nationwide to fix a problem with seats that don’t meet federal regulations for leg protection if a crash occurs. Specifically, the seats may have been manufactured with styrene blocks that may not provide acceptable impact absorption in some areas around the steel seat frame of the back support. The recall was filed Oct. 4, 2019 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigations. According to the recall notice, there have not been any reports of injuries related to the defective seats. Official notifications are scheduled to be sent out Dec. 2, 2019.Read More
Nestlé USA has issued a recall of some of its signature ready-to-bake Toll House Cookie Dough products. A company press release says that the voluntary recall is “due to the potential presence of food-grade rubber pieces.” The 26 recalled products were sold in the United States and Puerto Rico only and include Nestlé Toll House Cookie Dough bars, tubs and tube shaped “chubs.”Read More
Pakistani Pediatrician Charged with Medical Negligence and Manslaughter after Allegedly Reusing HIV Infected Syringes
As reported by the Independent.co.uk, almost 900 Pakistani children and about 200 adults have tested positive for HIV in the city of Ratodero after receiving injections from a doctor that allegedly reused HIV infected syringes. Some children have died after becoming infected and those that are living with the disease are often shunned because of a misunderstanding that HIV can be contracted by touch. Health officials believe that the true number of those infected could be higher as they have tested less than one quarter of Ratodero’s 200,000 residents to date. According to the United Nations’ taskforce on HIV and Aids, HIV infections in Pakistan have nearly doubled to 160,000 since 2010.Read More
As reported on bbcnews.com, medical council officials unanimously voted to suspend a Portuguese obstetrician for six months after a baby was born in his care without a nose, eyes or part of his skull. Dr. Artur Carvalho is being accused of negligence for a failure to diagnose and notify the parents of baby Rodrigo about their son’s severe physical abnormalities despite the three ultrasound scans performed during her pregnancy under his care. Making matters worse, the mother had a fourth, more detailed ultrasound at a different clinic when she was six months into the pregnancy and was told that there could be abnormalities. When she brought up the risk to Dr. Carvalho, he allegedly dismissed the concerns. When the baby was born with the obvious disfigurements, his parents were told that he would only live a few hours but he is still alive and in hospital care after a few weeks.
In light of this allegation, at least six other medical complaints about this OBGYN involving a failure to detect health issues in other babies have been brought to light. Many Portuguese citizens are outraged as its been revealed that several criminal complaints brought by these parents against Dr. Carvalho were dismissed. Questions are being asked about the country’s procedures for complaints against health professionals. While Dr. Carvalho has not publicly commented on any of the complaints made against him, he has agreed to stop performing procedures while he is under investigation according to Miguel Guimarães, president of Portugal’s medical association (Ordem dos Médicos).
What is failure to diagnose in a birth injury case?
According to birthinjuryguide.org, failure to diagnose has happened when a healthcare provider failed to properly detect and diagnose an illness or condition that could have otherwise been treated. In some cases, the healthcare provider misses the condition entirely and in others the condition is misdiagnosed. Failure to diagnose a health condition can lead to severe long-term injuries, sometimes even death.
When a patient’s OBGYN fails to diagnose a health condition during a pregnancy that directly leads to birth injuries to the mother or infant, there may be an option to bring a medical malpractice claim to recover damages. Damages range from pain and suffering and mental anguish to funeral expenses, medical bills and more.
Common reasons for failure to diagnose during a pregnancy:
- Failure to identify fetal distress
- Failure to detect/monitor infections in the mother
- Failure to detect/monitor/treat gestational diabetes or preeclampsia
- Failure to review the mother’s medical history
- Failure to conduct a thorough medical exam
- Failure to order appropriate tests or screenings
Seek the help of a birth injury lawyer
If you or your infant sustained a birth injury because of medical negligence or you lost a loved one due to a preventable medical error during birth, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced birth injury attorney fight for justice on your behalf. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times larger with the help of a medical negligence lawyer. Call the most experienced practicing medical malpractice attorneys Bellingham has at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing people injured by medical negligence in Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!Read More
According to a report by NPR.org, a team of bi-partisan senators introduced legislation last week that would require all new cars and trucks to come built with alcohol detection systems by 2024. The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 (RIDE ACT), would also benefit government funded research into new breath and touch-based sensors that monitor a driver’s blood alcohol level in real-time to the tune of $10 million and allocate an additional $25 million to test and implement the technology in government-owned fleets.Read More
On October 18, 2019, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the U.S. after health regulators discovered trace amounts of asbestos in a bottle bought online. According to a statement by Johnson & Johnson, the company has reviewed prior tests and found that they came back negative for asbestos. In addition, J&J “…is working with the FDA to determine the integrity of the test, and the validity of the test results.” They suggested that the product involved in the test might have been counterfeit or compromised. The company says its internal investigation could take 30 days or more.Read More
As reported on globalnews.ca, a 10-year-old girl died in an amusement park accident at the Deerfield Township harvest festival in New Jersey on Saturday, October 12. The child was ejected from a ride called Wisdom Super Sizzler and suffered serious injuries. The girl was airlifted to a hospital but was pronounced dead later that evening. A statement by the New Jersey State Police confirms that they are looking into the matter and that they have not concluded the cause or circumstances of the incident. The amusement ride operator shared on their Facebook page that they are cooperating with the investigation.Read More
Taco Bell has voluntarily recalled 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef after three customers found metal shavings in their food order. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are no confirmed adverse reactions to this Taco Bell beef but Taco Bell had pulled the beef from all affected restaurants by midday Monday, October 14. The recalled seasoned beef taco and burrito filling was processed by Kenosha Beef International, located in Columbus, Ohio and shipped to Taco Bell restaurants in 21 states through distribution centers in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia. The food processor announced the recall on Monday, October 14 after hearing of the complaints on October 12. The beef involved in the recall was made between September 20 and October 4.Read More
According to data on CDC.gov, commercial fishing is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, with a fatality rate 29 times higher than the national average worker fatality rate. The NIOSH Western States Division (WSD) office in Alaska has been studying fishing safety since 1991 in an effort to reduce the number of commercial injuries and fatalities. The CDC has found that the biggest risks to fishermen are vessel disasters, falls overboard and machinery on deck.Read More
As cities like Bellingham, WA have become more bike friendly the number of bikes sharing the road with cars has grown. With more bikes on the road, the risk for bike versus car accidents increases. According to federal data shared on Streets Blog USA, cyclist fatalities rose 10 percent while traffic fatalities overall fell one percent in 2018. This was the second year in a row to see an increase in cyclist fatalities. When a bicycle versus car accident happens because of the reckless or negligent behavior of a driver, it is often the unprotected cyclist who pays the price.Read More